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Farm to Table Dinner at Castle Hill Farm on August 10

<p>Experience an enchanting evening filled with delicious food, lively conversation, and good music as we celebrate the bounty of local farms at the beautiful Castle Hill Farm in Newtown, Connecticut. This special event, set to take place on Saturday, August 10, 2024, at 6:00 PM, promises to be a memorable occasion for all who attend.</p><p>Purchase your tickets <a href="https://www.castlehillfarm.net/farm-to-table-dinners?cid=d5f78795-c6bf-4641-8917-033d533b52fc" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Guests will be treated to a culinary feast prepared by Executive Chef Michael Bick of Some Things Fishy Catering Ltd. Known for his innovative approach to farm-to-table cuisine, Chef Bick will craft a menu that highlights the freshest ingredients sourced directly from local farms. Each dish will not only tantalize your taste buds but also pay homage to the rich agricultural heritage of the region.</p><p>Complementing the exquisite food will be specialty drinks by Pours and Carriage, a local favorite known for their creative and expertly crafted beverages. Their unique concoctions will provide the perfect pairing for the evening's menu, ensuring a delightful dining experience.</p><p>As you savor each bite and sip, enjoy the company of friends and the backdrop of the stunning Castle Hill Farm. The evening will be filled with lively conversation and good music, creating an atmosphere that celebrates community, local farms, and the joys of gathering together.</p><p>Don't miss this extraordinary event at Castle Hill Farm—a celebration of local flavors, friendship, and the beauty of summer in Connecticut. Join us for an unforgettable evening on August 10, 2024, and experience the magic of this charming venue and its bountiful surroundings.</p>

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Postcards From Paris, Pre Olympics: July 16, 7:00 pm via Zoom

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">The Summer Olympics open&nbsp;in Paris in 10 days so&nbsp;Toni McKeen&nbsp;takes&nbsp;us sightseeing through the beautiful City of Lights.&nbsp;Join us to&nbsp;visit&nbsp;its&nbsp;beautiful monuments, churches,&nbsp;historic sites, and museums through the eyes of a professional travel guide. Register on our website for the FREE Zoom link: </span><a href="https://www.chboothlibrary.org" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.chboothlibrary.org/</a></p>

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Show Me the Monet (When He was Young): July 11 6:30 pm via Zoom

<p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">In honor of the Paris Olympics Mike Norris of Armchair Art Tours will give us&nbsp;a program highlighting Monet's beginning. This talk&nbsp;will focus&nbsp;on&nbsp;the&nbsp;Impressionist’s first thirty years, from birth to the Franco-Prussian War (July&nbsp;19, 1870&nbsp;– January 28,&nbsp;1871). The&nbsp;talk will include works from regional museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts,&nbsp;in Boston; the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester,&nbsp;in&nbsp;New York; the National Gallery of Art,&nbsp;in Washington, D.C.; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Register on our website for the FREE Zoom link: </span><a href="chboothlibrary.org." rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">chboothlibrary.org.</a></p>

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Newtown School District Receives Summer Mental Health State Grant

<p><a href="https://officeofthegovernor.cmail20.com/t/j-l-gykhldy-tlluktyukd-k/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(10, 10, 10);"><strong>Governor Lamont and Commissioner Russell-Tucker Announce Recipients of Summer Mental Health Grants for Schools and Camps</strong></a></p><p class="ql-align-justify">(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont and Education Commissioner Charlene Russell-Tucker today announced the release of more than $2 million in grants for 36 school districts and summer camp programs across Connecticut that will be used to support the delivery of mental health programming for students during the summer months over the next two years.</p><p class="ql-align-justify">Awarded under the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Summer Mental Health Supports Grant program, the grants for each district and summer camp program range from $17,000 to $85,000. This competitive grant program is utilizing funding the state received from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). This is the third of three rounds of grants the department has issued with ARPA funding that are aimed at increasing access to mental health support services for Connecticut’s youths. Eligible costs incurred beginning in summer 2024 through summer 2025 are reimbursable under this grant program.</p><p class="ql-align-justify">The funding will support mental health services for students during the summer by partnering with Connecticut local and regional school districts, youth camp operators, and other summer programs through summer 2025. This grant is an extension of the Summer Mental Health Grant Program&nbsp;<a href="https://officeofthegovernor.cmail20.com/t/j-l-gykhldy-tlluktyukd-u/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 113, 187);"><strong>issued in 2023</strong></a>&nbsp;for three years, which provided $4.5 million to 48 school districts and summer camp programs.</p><p class="ql-align-justify">The grants awarded under this funding round are as follows:</p><p class="ql-align-center"><strong style="color: black;">Connecticut State Department of Education’s Summer Mental Health Supports Grant Recipients for 2024 and 2025</strong></p><p class="ql-align-center"><strong style="color: black;">Lead Applicant</strong></p><p class="ql-align-center"><strong style="color: black;">Town/City</strong></p><p class="ql-align-center"><strong style="color: black;">Total Grant Award</strong></p><p class="ql-align-center">Barbara's House</p><p class="ql-align-center">Greenwich</p><p class="ql-align-center">$85,000.00</p><p class="ql-align-center">Boys and Girls Club of Stamford, Inc.</p><p class="ql-align-center">Stamford</p><p class="ql-align-center">$84,999.12</p><p class="ql-align-center">Canterbury School District</p><p class="ql-align-center">Canterbury</p><p class="ql-align-center">$68,000.00</p><p class="ql-align-center">Canton School District</p><p class="ql-align-center">Canton</p><p class="ql-align-center">$67,986.40</p><p class="ql-align-center">Derby School District</p><p class="ql-align-center">Derby</p><p class="ql-align-center">$65,508.82</p><p class="ql-align-center">East Hartford School District</p><p class="ql-align-center">East Hartford</p><p class="ql-align-center">$85,000.00</p><p class="ql-align-center">East Haven School District</p><p class="ql-align-center">East Haven</p><p class="ql-align-center">$70,600.00</p><p class="ql-align-center">Eastern Connecticut Regional Educational Service Center (EASTCONN)</p><p class="ql-align-center">Hampton</p><p class="ql-align-center">$50,666.80</p><p class="ql-align-center">Farmington School District</p><p class="ql-align-center">Farmington</p><p class="ql-align-center">$17,000.00</p><p class="ql-align-center">Greater New Britain Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Inc</p><p class="ql-align-center">New Britain</p><p class="ql-align-center">$60,663.67</p><p class="ql-align-center">Greater Waterbury YMCA</p><p class="ql-align-center">Waterbury</p><p class="ql-align-center">$21,521.97</p><p class="ql-align-center">Hartford School District</p><p class="ql-align-center">Hartford</p><p class="ql-align-center">$72,287.40</p><p class="ql-align-center">Hartford Stage Company</p><p class="ql-align-center">Hartford</p><p class="ql-align-center">$17,000.00</p><p class="ql-align-center">Hartford’s Camp Courant</p><p class="ql-align-center">Hartford</p><p class="ql-align-center">$84,999.42</p><p class="ql-align-center">Kellys Kids Inc.</p><p class="ql-align-center">Prospect</p><p class="ql-align-center">$50,624.30</p><p class="ql-align-center">Middletown School District</p><p class="ql-align-center">Middletown</p><p class="ql-align-center">$85,000.00</p><p class="ql-align-center">Milford School District</p><p class="ql-align-center">Milford</p><p class="ql-align-center">$35,360.00</p><p class="ql-align-center">Monroe School District</p><p class="ql-align-center">Monroe</p><p class="ql-align-center">$74,771.20</p><p class="ql-align-center">Naugatuck YMCA</p><p class="ql-align-center">Naugatuck</p><p class="ql-align-center">$85,000.00</p><p class="ql-align-center">Newtown School District</p><p class="ql-align-center">Newtown</p><p class="ql-align-center">$84,943.90</p><p class="ql-align-center">Northwest CT YMCA</p><p class="ql-align-center">Torrington</p><p class="ql-align-center">$19,380.00</p><p class="ql-align-center">Portland School District</p><p class="ql-align-center">Portland</p><p class="ql-align-center">$18,428.00</p><p class="ql-align-center">Regional School District 09</p><p class="ql-align-center">Easton</p><p class="ql-align-center">$85,000.00</p><p class="ql-align-center">Shelton School District</p><p class="ql-align-center">Shelton</p><p class="ql-align-center">$24,480.00</p><p class="ql-align-center">Sprague School District</p><p class="ql-align-center">Sprague</p><p class="ql-align-center">$17,000.00</p><p class="ql-align-center">Stratford School District</p><p class="ql-align-center">Stratford</p><p class="ql-align-center">$85,000.00</p><p class="ql-align-center">The YWCA of New Britain/DiLoreto, Roosevelt, Pulaski and Slade</p><p class="ql-align-center">New Britain</p><p class="ql-align-center">$56,541.41</p><p class="ql-align-center">Torrington School District</p><p class="ql-align-center">Torrington</p><p class="ql-align-center">$85,000.00</p><p class="ql-align-center">Union School District</p><p class="ql-align-center">Union</p><p class="ql-align-center">$36,040.00</p><p class="ql-align-center">Wallingford Family YMCA</p><p class="ql-align-center">Wallingford</p><p class="ql-align-center">$17,000.00</p><p class="ql-align-center">Waterbury School District</p><p class="ql-align-center">Waterbury</p><p class="ql-align-center">$85,000.00</p><p class="ql-align-center">Waterford Country School</p><p class="ql-align-center">Waterford</p><p class="ql-align-center">$85,000.00</p><p class="ql-align-center">Waterford Youth Service Bureau</p><p class="ql-align-center">Waterford</p><p class="ql-align-center">$35,271.60</p><p class="ql-align-center">Weston School District</p><p class="ql-align-center">Weston</p><p class="ql-align-center">$34,000.00</p><p class="ql-align-center">Winchester School District</p><p class="ql-align-center">Winchester</p><p class="ql-align-center">$44,599.50</p><p class="ql-align-center">Windham School District</p><p class="ql-align-center">Windham</p><p class="ql-align-center">$41,520.80</p><p 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Red Cross Blood Drive in Newtown on July 25

<p><strong style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">The American Red Cross will hold a Blood Drive on Thursday, July 25 from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street.</strong></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Sign up to help needy patients: Schedule a donation via</span><a href="https://%20redcrossblood.org/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">&nbsp;redcrossblood.org</a><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">&nbsp;(enter 5320) or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). A single donation can help up to 3 patients. You'll be glad you can save the day!</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Learn more&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.newtown-ct.gov/home/news/american-red-cross-blood-drive-july-25" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.newtown-ct.gov/home/news/american-red-cross-blood-drive-july-25</a></p>

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Newtown First Selectman seeks residents to fill openings on boards/commissions

<p><strong>First Selectman Capeci is seeking residents to volunteer&nbsp;to fill&nbsp;vacancies&nbsp;on the following boards:</strong></p><ul><li>There is a vacancy on the Fair Rent Commission available to a Republican or unaffiliated voter. The last day to apply is June 28, 2024.</li><li>There is an alternate&nbsp;vacancy on the&nbsp;Commission on Aging available to a Democrat or unaffiliated voter. The last day to apply is July 3, 2024.</li><li>There are seats to&nbsp;fill&nbsp;on the Town Building &amp; Infrastructure Committee. A new committee that has evolved from the Town Building Inventory and Planning Working Group&nbsp;will&nbsp;provide expertise, guidance and review regarding town buildings data and information infrastructure.&nbsp;</li></ul><p>Specific expertise needed include:</p><p>Engineering or construction knowledge and experience with building mechanical, electrical, or structural systems.</p><p>IT knowledge and experience such as data management (data architects, database administrators, and data analysts), business analysis, systems engineering, or document management. Large scale project management experience.&nbsp;Any registered voter can apply. The last day to apply is July 31, 2024</p><p>Interested parties&nbsp;can send a letter of interest and a resume to&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(0, 102, 204);">susan.marcinek@newtown-ct.gov</span></p>

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2024 Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge: Read, Renew, Repeat!

<p class="ql-align-justify">Governor Ned Lamont, Connecticut Education Commissioner Charlene Russell-Tucker, and Connecticut State Librarian Deborah Schander today announced the launch of the&nbsp;<a href="https://officeofthegovernor.cmail19.com/t/j-l-gyhddhd-tlluktyukd-u/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 113, 187);"><strong>2024 Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge</strong></a>&nbsp;— an annual, statewide program encouraging kindergarten through Grade 12 students to read books during the summer months.</p><p class="ql-align-justify">This year’s theme is “Read, Renew, Repeat.”</p><p class="ql-align-justify">Coordinated by the Connecticut State Department of Education in cooperation with the Connecticut State Library, the challenge started in 1996 as a statewide competition for schools based on student population and grade level. The 2024 summer reading program also supports community initiatives run by local public libraries and recognizes outstanding public library-school partnerships.</p><p class="ql-align-justify">Each year, the program recognizes the highest percentage of the total school student population that participated in reading activities over the summer months. In the 2023 Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge, 10,985 students across Connecticut participated in summer reading and 5,441 students visited a public library. The 16 schools with the highest percentage of the total school student population that participated in reading activities are:</p><p class="ql-align-justify"><strong>Elementary Schools</strong></p><ul><li class="ql-align-justify">Washington Primary School, Regional School District 12</li><li class="ql-align-justify">Irving Elementary School, Derby Public Schools</li><li class="ql-align-justify">Frisbie Elementary School, Wolcott Public Schools</li><li class="ql-align-justify">Edna C. Stevens Elementary School, Cromwell Public Schools</li><li class="ql-align-justify">Lee H. Kellogg School, Regional School District 1</li><li class="ql-align-justify">Booth Free School, Regional School District 12</li></ul><p class="ql-align-justify"><strong>Middle Schools</strong></p><ul><li class="ql-align-justify">Baldwin Middle School, Guilford Public Schools</li><li class="ql-align-justify">Hillcrest Middle School, Trumbull Public Schools</li><li class="ql-align-justify">Madison Middle School, Trumbull Public Schools</li><li class="ql-align-justify">Tyrrell Middle School, Wolcott Public Schools</li><li class="ql-align-justify">Westbrook Middle School, Westbrook Public Schools</li></ul><p class="ql-align-justify"><strong>High Schools</strong></p><ul><li class="ql-align-justify">East Windsor High School, East Windsor Public Schools</li><li class="ql-align-justify">Norwich Technical High School, Norwich Public Schools</li></ul><p class="ql-align-justify"><strong>Unique/Private Schools</strong></p><ul><li class="ql-align-justify">Riverview School, Unified School District #2</li><li class="ql-align-justify">Saint Mark School, Stratford</li><li class="ql-align-justify">Talcott Mountain Academy, Avon</li></ul><p class="ql-align-justify">Additionally, the following schools collaborated with a local public library to promote summer reading activities:</p><p class="ql-align-justify"><strong>Elementary Schools</strong></p><ul><li class="ql-align-justify">Alcott Elementary School, Wolcott Public Schools</li><li class="ql-align-justify">Franklin Elementary School, Franklin Public Schools</li><li class="ql-align-justify">Gainfield Elementary School, Regional School District 15</li><li class="ql-align-justify">Lee H. Kellogg School, Regional School District 1</li><li class="ql-align-justify">Memorial Elementary School, East Hampton Public Schools</li><li class="ql-align-justify">Prospect Elementary School, Regional School District 16</li></ul><p class="ql-align-justify"><strong>Middle Schools</strong></p><ul><li class="ql-align-justify">East Hampton Middle School, East Hampton Public Schools</li><li class="ql-align-justify">Isabelle Pearson Middle School, Winchester Public Schools</li><li class="ql-align-justify">Mansfield Middle School, Regional School District 12</li><li class="ql-align-justify">Tyrell Middle School, Wolcott Public Schools</li><li class="ql-align-justify">Whisconier Middle School, Brookfield Public Schools</li></ul><p class="ql-align-justify"><strong>High Schools</strong></p><ul><li class="ql-align-justify">East Windsor High School, East Windsor Public Schools</li></ul><p class="ql-align-justify">The Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge supports community programs run by local public libraries. Many public libraries will use the READsquared Reading Program, which allows students to access their summer reading logs anywhere they have an internet connection (including on mobile devices). Schools that coordinate with their public library may choose to have students use this online reading log, rather than a paper one.</p><p class="ql-align-justify">To support summer reading, the Connecticut State Library’s statewide eGo eBook platform is now available through many local public libraries and provides access to digital resources for all ages. For a list of local public libraries currently offering eGo, visit&nbsp;<a href="https://officeofthegovernor.cmail19.com/t/j-l-gyhddhd-tlluktyukd-o/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 113, 187);"><strong>egoct.org</strong></a>.</p><p class="ql-align-justify">For more information on the Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge, including student journals and district reporting forms, visit&nbsp;<a href="https://officeofthegovernor.cmail19.com/t/j-l-gyhddhd-tlluktyukd-b/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(0, 113, 187);"><strong>portal.ct.gov/SDE/CTRead/Connecticut-Reads</strong></a>.</p><p><br></p>

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